The Wildcats won their fifth straight contest and moved to 5-0 on the season with a convincing 47-31 victory over the Rose Hill Rockets on Tuesday night.
"We were really pleased in the first half defensively. Rose Hill was going to run the ball up and down the floor and I thought we did about as good as we could getting back, slowing the ball down a bit, seeing the ball with our people that were not guarding it, and being in a position once they entered our offensive zone. We rebounded on the defensive end and we did it about as good as we could," said El Dorado head coach Gary Melcher.
The Wildcats stormed out to a 14-5 lead in the first quarter and continued to clamp down defensively in the second quarter limiting the Rockets shots per offensive possession and only allowed a stingy 3 points in the second to claim a 24-8 commanding lead over Rose Hill.
The Rockets were down but not out in the game and came out firing in the final six minutes of the third quarter to whittle the El Dorado advantage to 8 points late, but the Wildcats regained their footing to lead 34-20 with 8 minutes to play.
"We got passive, the team behind in a game is going to become more aggressive on the defensive end of the floor. We got a little frustrated on the offensive end because they were able to dictate how we were able to play. They got a couple transition looks and follow shots on the offensive boards, but we were able to control the boards the last few minutes of the third and if you limit a team offensively to one shot per possession you are generally going to have a good stretch," said Melcher.
El Dorado closed out the Rockets for good in the fourth and did not allow to the decision to come down to the final few possessions of the game, outscoring Rose Hill 13-11 in the final frame for the win.
The Wildcats earned the win without starter Trevor Crain who was participating in a senior all-star football game out of state.
"We rode Travis House pretty hard tonight in the absence of Trevor. Jared Haury is much improved from last season and has plenty of room to get better and Johnstone Scott is just a warrior. He goes in and plays hard for us and Sam Haines had a solid game in the defensive role he played for us tonight in controlling the pace of Rose Hill getting into our defensive zone," said Melcher.
Travis House led the Wildcats with 15 points including two three-point makes.
"We have been working hard in practice and the varsity gets a lot of the glory but the junior varsity is also undefeated and they put in just as much work and make us better and push us to our limits in practice and they have played a key component in our success so far in the season," said junior Travis House.
Page 2 of 2 - Jared Haury dropped in 9 points and was solid in the paint and with mid-range jumpers.
Johnstone Scott had 14 points and had several rebounds on both the defensive and offensive glass.
"We work hard every day in practice and our JV has been giving us a challenge day in and day out. We got what we needed to get done, boxing out and getting better on defensive has led us to the success we have seen so far and being 5-0 is our early Christmas present," said junior Johnstone Scott.
The Wildcats will come back after break to take on the Mulvane Wildcats on January 4 at home.
Lady Wildcats fall to Rockets 52-34
The El Dorado girls basketball team dropped to 2-3 on the season losing to Rose Hill in a 52-34 contest.
“Every night I see improvements somewhere but now we need to put it all together,” said El Dorado head coach Shauna Riedy.
The Wildcats earned an early lead in the game 11-7 after the first quarter and 20-15 at the half.
“The girls played very well the first two quarters being up by 10 points at one point and going into half up by five. We just need to put together 32 minutes to put us in a place to win,” said Riedy.
The Rockets came out firing in the second half scoring 20 points in the third and limiting El Dorado to just 6 points to take a 35-26 lead over the Lady Wildcats.
Rose Hill’s barrage continued into the fourth outscoring El Dorado 17-8 for the 52-34 win.
El Dorado was led by Justice Rice who had 10 points and 7 boards going 8-8 from the line.
Justice Rice had a very good all around game for us. She hit the boards hard all night and went to the free throw line 8 times and made everyone,” said Riedy.
Andrea Valadez had 9 points, Whitney Luck scored 5 points and had 8 rebounds.
“My post players did a good job with working together and seeing where the open spots were. Now we just need to adjust to man to man which was what hurt us the last 2 minutes of the 2nd quarter and then all the way through the 2nd half,” said Riedy.
Destiny Smith scored 4 points and Morgan Limon, Hannah Helferich and Kalyn Beel each had two points a piece for El Dorado.
“After Christmas we will hit practice hard making the improvements we need to get us in a winning position,” said Riedy.